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Tidal Factors – A group exhibition by the Várfok Gallery in the Danube Museum

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Exhibition Opening

Saturday, 25th. June, 2022, 16.00

Location: Danube Museum
2500 Esztergom, Kölcsey u. 2.

The Várfok Gallery’s exhibition ‘Tidal Factors’ at the Danube Museum is a rich selection of artworks exploring the theme of water in a variety of ways. The exhibition aims to show the significant role played by water in contemporary art and how the use of water as a material is fundamental to certain artists and their painting techniques.

Heading the exhibition are two unique compositions from László Mulasics’ series entitled ‘Tidal Factor’, which unite the themes encompassed within the exhibited works. Mulasics used the ancient encaustic technique of painting with wax at the highest level and left behind an unparalleled oeuvre. In the ‘Tidal Factor’ series, he created pictures of a man standing on the pier of Hangzhou Bay which embody both figurative and abstract elements. The relationship between Man and Nature is explored within the all-encompassing dynamism of water and the power of water to influence our emotions.  The recurring motif of the ripple, with its planar and spatial, symmetrical and asymmetrical, geometric and organic patterns, expresses the conceptual framework of the exhibition.

The exhibition includes contemporary works by leading artists as well as works of art with significant historical importance, such as Françoise Gilot’s  airy, floating canvas from the 1980s and ’Girl with a Fan’ by Marie Laurencin. The 100 year old Gilot, former Muse of Picasso, and Laurencin, Muse of Apollinaire and portrayed by  Rousseau in his work ‘The Muse Inspires the Poet’, are highly influential female artists of contemporary art history as well as the French avant-garde.

Also on show will be a vibrant 1935 painting by József Egry of Lake Balaton, drenched in humid light, a lonely siren representing unattainable Beauty by the inevitable El Kazovskij and  an expressive composition by János Szirtes. Szirtes is one of the most versatile talents of the Hungarian contemporary art scene, a painter and performer who evokes archaic cultures and different qualities of art history within his  works. László Szotyory, known for his sensual artworks, will exhibit a ‘burning palette’ landscape, Levente Herman’s painting conveys a vision of the sacral quality of water, franyo’s aatoth’s  jungle painting shows a gently undulating landscape of a lake merging with lush vegetation and the work of virtuoso painter Máté Orr shows an intriguing composition moving the viewer into the world of fantasy.

The exhibition will include a special room for works where water is not present as a concrete representation, but, rather, as a vital factor hidden in the technique. The colourful ‘Rural Sky’ by the free spirit of Hungarian contemporary art, Peter Ujházi, the ethereal ‘Origin’ by Endre Rozsda, who once worked in the circle of André Breton and the Parisian surrealists, and the tightly synchronised swimmers of Sándor Rácmolnár, who combines symbols from different cultures in an ironic and decorative way, are all presented alongside the young talent, Anna Nemes’ monumental portrait of a woman, constructed from colourful abstract patches, as testament to the creative role of water in art.

The Várfok Gallery’s exhibition is a flood of colours and shapes that proclaims the elemental qualities of water, simultaneously creative, destructive, sacred, emotional, soothing, ethereal, earthly, momentary and yet permanent.

‘Tidal Factors’,  water all-pervading and eternal.

 

Exhibiting artists:

franyo AATOTH, József EGRY, Françoise GILOT, Levente HERMAN, El KAZOVSZKIJ, Marie LAURENCIN, László MULASICS, Anna NEMES, Máté ORR, Sándor RÁCMOLNÁR, Endre ROZSDA, János SZIRTES, László SZOTYORY, Péter UJHÁZI

EXHIBITED ARTWORKS:

Orr Máté: Still Life with a Crown
MÁTÉ ORR

Still Life with a Crown
2022 - 60x70 cm
oil and acrylic on canvas
Private Collection

November 25, 2022
Orr Máté: The King’s Head
MÁTÉ ORR

The King's Head
2014 - 60x80 cm
oil and acrylic on canvas
Private Collection

November 25, 2022
franyo aatoh: The Water Flows From Pala-U 15
FRANYO AATOTH

The Water Flows From Pala-U 15
2021 - 60x60 cm
oil, canvas
In the Várfok Gallery

June 23, 2022
franyo aatoth: Lake 7.
FRANYO AATOTH

Lake 7.
2021 - 24x35 cm
oil, canvas
In the Várfok Gallery

June 23, 2022
Franyo Aatoth: Lake 6.
FRANYO AATOTH

Lake 5.
2021 - 24x35 cm
oil, canvas
In the Várfok Gallery

June 23, 2022
franyo_To_5
FRANYO AATOTH

Lake 5.
2021 - 24x35 cm
oil, canvas
In the Várfok Gallery

June 23, 2022
Françoise Gilot: Sailing
FRANÇOISE GILOT

Sailing
1983 - 164x118 cm
acrylic on canvas - floating painting
Private Collection

June 23, 2022
Máté Orr: The Pond
MÁTÉ ORR

The Pond
2022 - 120x100 cm
oil and acrylic on canvas
Private Collection

June 23, 2022
János Szirtes: Conscience II
JÁNOS SZIRTES

Conscience II
1988 - 115x150 cm
oil on canvas
In the Várfok Gallery

April 26, 2022
Françoise Gilot: Chiaroscuro
FRANÇOISE GILOT

Chiaroscuro
2009 - 56x76 cm
monotype on paper
Private Collection

December 2, 2021
Mediterranean Landscape
LÁSZLÓ SZOTYORY

Mediterranean Landscape
2021 - 95x120 cm
oil on canvas
In the Várfok Gallery

October 30, 2021
Rozsda_Endre_Origine
ENDRE ROZSDA

Origin
c 1960 - 24x32 cm
watercolour and ink on paper
In the Várfok Gallery

December 18, 2019
Anna Nemes: Zsuzsi – big
ANNA NEMES

Zsuzsi - big
2014 - 140x200 cm
aquarelle on canvas
In the Várfok Gallery

September 1, 2019
Péter Ujházi: Countryside Sky
PÉTER UJHÁZI

Countryside Sky
2006 - 2 x (74x105) cm
watercolour on paper
In the Várfok Gallery

July 27, 2019
7_Rácmolnár Sándor_Olga i Irina
SÁNDOR RÁCMOLNÁR

Olga i Irina
2009 - 90x110 cm
acrylic paint on canvas
In the Várfok Gallery

June 27, 2019
El Kazovszkij: Siren on the Island 4.
EL KAZOVSZKIJ

Siren on the Island 4.
n.d. - 50x70 cm
oil on canvas
Private Collection

June 27, 2019
Levente Herman: Noah’s Ark – Water
LEVENTE HERMAN

Noah's Ark - Water
2012 - 200x110 cm
oil on canvas
Várfok Gallery

June 23, 2019
László Mulasics: Tidal Factor IV.
MULASICS LÁSZLÓ

Tidal Factor IV.
1997 - 160x140 cm
encaustic, graphite, silverfoil, silkprint and woodcut on wood panel
In the Várfok Gallery

June 20, 2019
László Mulasics: Tidal Factor III
MULASICS LÁSZLÓ

Tidal Factor III.
1997 - 160x140 cm
encaustic, graphite, silverfoil, silkprint and woodcut on wood panel
In the Várfok Gallery

June 20, 2019
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